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Our Vision for The Arc of the United States and Our State and Local Chapters

The Arc is the nation’s leading advocate for all people with I/DD and their families and the premier provider of the supports and services people want and need. The Arc actively involves people with I/DD; their parents, siblings and other family members; caregivers; colleagues; neighbors; and friends as leaders and activists in a movement dedicated to the inclusion of people with I/DD in all aspects of society. The Arc assures that the human rights of people with I/DD are attained, and that sufficient resources are available to meet their needs, in every community in our nation.

The Arc is the standard bearer for best practices in supports and services for people with I/DD and has a demonstrable record of success in achieving the outcomes people want for their lives. Welcoming people of all races, ethnicities and socio-economic status, and providing both a sense of purpose and of belonging, The Arc is the resource of first choice for people with I/DD and their families regardless of the diagnosis and at all stages of life.

The Arc is active, vibrant, well-known, and respected in communities throughout the United States. With state and local chapters throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia, The Arc is regularly sought out by elected and appointed government officials, media, business, academia, and other nonprofits as the authoritative source of information and advice about the needs, issues and concerns of people with I/DD. The Arc is an effective, responsive and sustainable organization that is constantly evolving to meet the changing needs, desires and circumstances of people with I/DD and their families. It enjoys substantial philanthropic support from individuals, corporations and foundations on par with other successful national nonprofits.


Importance of The Arc to People With Disabilities and Their Families

Somewhat Not Important 2%

Medium Not Important 1%

Very Not Important 3%

Neutral 9%

Somewhat Important 15%

Medium Important 18%

Very Important 45%

Know/Can’t Answer 7%


Of the stakeholders surveyed, nearly 80% believe that The Arc is important to people with disabilities.

Note: 3,361 respondents, Grant Thornton Stakeholder Survey 2008

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